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Santulli incident in Columbia helps prompt hazing legislation at Capitol

State Rep. Travis Smith (R-Dora) speaks on the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on January 4, 2023, as State Rep. Brian Seitz (R-Branson) listens (photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

Legislation that’s aimed at getting medical assistance for hazing victims has been filed by a Missouri lawmaker.

State Rep. Travis Smith (R-Dora), a Mizzou graduate, wants to ensure that a situation like Danny Santulli’s never happens again. Smith’s bill says any person who renders aid to a hazing victim or is the first to call 911 or campus security is immune from prosecution.

“The idea is the fact it gives you immunity if you call 911. We do the same thing with first responders I talk to if someone has an overdose,” Smith says.

Santulli’s family members say he’s blind and unable to walk, following an alleged October 2021 hazing incident at a Mizzou fraternity house. 11 people have been charged by Boone County prosecutors in the case.

Representative Smith tells “Wake Up Mid-Missouri” that he’s hearing positive comments from some UM curators, emphasizing that he’s not targeting the University of Missouri with his two-page House Bill 240.

“And we just want to make that if someone’s life is in danger, not only with a hazing incident but overdose, alcohol overdose, anything. Maybe there might be an accident. When you’re a young person, you get worried in certain situations. We just to make sure that someone who does the right thing does not get prosecuted,” says Smith.

Click here to listen to the full interview with Representative Smith.